Arsenal fans won’t forget the Tuesday they lost to Sheffield Wednesday and Wenger has criticised his players for being outmatched by the club.
Wenger might have been hugely disappointed at the fact that his youngsters couldn’t shine, as goals from Wallace, Joao and Hutchinson dumped Arsenal out of the competition.
And even though Arsenal were plagued with injury to its big name players, Wenger sees that as no excuse.
“We were not at the level that is requested to play a team of the quality of Sheffield Wednesday,” the Frenchman told reporters after the match. “We have to congratulate them.
“They were sharper, quicker, more decisive than us. We had a lot of the ball but we didn’t create anything, especially in the middle of the park.
“Of course it [defending] was disappointing. The occasion was too great for the younger players. They are not ready to play at this level – none of them. We conceded two from set-pieces and were very naive.
“We have to analyse it [the defeat] and I think we knew at the start of the game that if something happened to us, we were a bit short [on back-up options]. ”
Sterner tests await Arsenal next, with a crucial Champions League trip to Bayern Munich sandwiched between league matches against Swansea and Tottenham in the coming weeks.